Badu strips down for video with The Flaming Lips
June 4th, 2012
06:32 PM ET

Badu strips down for video with The Flaming Lips

R&B singer Erykah Badu doesn’t leave much to the imagination in a new video she shot recently with The Flaming Lips.

The edgy, expressive singer - who wore her birthday suit in her 2010 “Window Seat” video - is at it again, this time posing naked in a bathtub while crooning “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a classic made famous by Roberta Flack, per Rolling Stone.

Interestingly, the most provocatively bared body parts - dripping with milk, glitter and another substance at various points throughout the video - do not actually belong to the Grammy-winning singer but her sister Nayrok, according to the magazine.

The eye-popping slow-motion visual, in which The Lips frontman Wayne Coyne can be seen strumming a guitar fully clothed, accompanies the famous remake that was released back in April as part of the rock band’s compilation, “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends.”

"Wayne is the Willy Wonka of music," Badu previously told Rolling Stone of recording with Coyne. "I didn't know what was going to happen .... By the 29th time, EUREKA! I understood exactly what I wanted."

The album also features collaborations with Bon Iver, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket and Ke$ha.

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  1. Online Earn Money Dates

    Its such as you read my mind! You appear to grasp a lot approximately this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I feel that you just can do with some p.c. to force the message home a little bit, but instead of that, that is wonderful blog. A great read. I'll certainly be back.

    June 8, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. tish

    before judging, EB perhaps you should read HER comments on this video:

    June 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nubiä

    Dear Ms. Badu, I don't understand the video. I've always been a fan of your music, your art but most of all your rebellious mind. Flaming lips, I feel, is not representative of either of those. Window seat made so much sense to me. The poem at the end reeled me in! This one just seems... like it wasn't your work and (dare I say it?) forced.

    Please don't spiral downwards like my sister Lauryn Hill did. I'll always love you and if you ever need a hug, holla @ me here

    Forever rooting for you,


    June 6, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. BaduWorld, Inc

    "The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video 'The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face', which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved.. Sorry!! We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered an Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version.” Posted by

    June 6, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Black Consciousness

    There's nothing edgy or expressive about porn and blood rituals. We see what the message is: F*#! Black women and Black music. We collectively rebuke that spirit of Badu ITNOJCON. Depart from us and never return.

    June 6, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chelsey

    That's not her, it's her sister Nayrok. They do look a lot alike though. But it's not her.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bad Bad Leroy Brown

      it's both of them, just Nayrok on the nude scenes.........too much, either way! yuk.......

      June 6, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. hm

    In terms of seeing an image of her... all I can say is you can't spell Erykah Badu without the word BAD.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JellyBean

    Definitely NSFW, but her version of Roberta Flacks "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” rocks.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. jebron lames

    hey why arent you talking about me instead of her? Im the star up in here..Pho rizzle my shuizzles to brizzles my napizzles. I still going to win an nba day...But buy my merchandise cuz im the best...aint i? No one throws baby powder in the air betta then me shonuff my ignorant fanizzles. So s u k my blk k o c k and pay me...pho real

    June 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. paramourinwaiting


    June 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leroy dean

    She has unique voice and her music will sell without going naked.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Purp

    that's not Erykah Badu, it is her sister..

    June 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |

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